MOBILE, Ala. (October
13, 2011) - Senior Lucas Jovita is set to begin play at the 2011 USTA/ITA
National Small College Championships, seeking to be the Tars' first champion in
nearly three decades.
A native of Brasilia, Brazil and transfer from the
University of South Florida, Jovita earned a spot in the ITA Championships by
way of a victory at the ITA South Regional in September. He entered the event
as the No. 2 seed and rolled in straight sets into the quarterfinals. He beat
eighth-seeded Andrey Pozhidaev 6-1, 6-2 from West Florida and then downed 11th-seeded
Marco Mokrzycki of Barry 6-0, 6-4 to earn a spot in the finals.
Facing last season's Sunshine State Conference Player of the
Year in Lynn's Willi Wolfer, Jovita took the first set 6-4 before Wolfer
Jovita came to Rollins for graduate shool with eligibility
remaining from a very successful career at the University of South Florida. A
native of Brazil, he played No. 1 in both singles and doubles since his
freshman season, rising to No. 76 in the ITA Division I national rankings. His
senior year he was named the BIG EAST co-Player of the Year after posting a
14-7 mark in dual matches.
The last Tar to advance to the ITA Small College National
Championships in singles was John Goldfarb in 1993. Pat Emmet in 1988 is the
only Rollins men's tennis player to win a national singles title. Rollins owns
two national doubles titles as Matt Porter and Goran Sterijovski teamed to win
it all in 2000 and the duo of Edwin Henrikson and Octavio De La Sobera captured
the championship in 1995.
The USTA/ITA Small College National Championships is being
hosted at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. Oct. 13-16. The
event is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the
NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. The singles and doubles champions at each
divisional level will then compete to become the overall "Super Bowl"
champions. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the
USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to
win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis